We had our first 100% traditional japanese lunch. A restaurant that was almost 200 years old, tatami floors, small tables and chairs, sliding doors, old ladies in kimonos serving the customers and typical japanese dishes. We started with a cup of green tea and then we ordered soba soup and tempura shrimps with miso soup, japanese pickles, grilled eggs and boiled rice. It was the greatest food experience ever!!! We just love Japan! It is simply gorgeous! Sansada Restaurant Asakusa
Lunch in Arashiyama, a lovely area close to Kyoto, where you can enjoy nice landscapes, the bamboo forest and many others. We found this restaurant while we were walking to the Adashino temple and we were temptes to taste those green noodles. To enhance the taste, it is recommended to dip them into soy sauce mixed with raw quail egg and wasabi. And of course, the typical side dishes, japanese pickles, sushi rice with or without nori and tofu
Trying traditional foods in Japan is a must! So much variety and such a great taste! Yakitori are definitely something that you have to try when you're in Tokyo. And even though yakitori is great, we didn't have such a great experience with the ones we've tried in Shinjuku area. They were not cooked properly, too much salt, no sauces, we have been forced to buy three drinks on one order and the most annoying... We had to pay a table charge per person! That's simply unacceptable!
One of the greatest traditional foods in Japan is ramen soup. That broth can take several days to be made and to be just perfect. The noodles have a great texture, without being too thick or too thin. And the green onion adds an extraordinary flavour! And of course, if you want, you can add lots and lots of extra toppings, like boiled eggs, slices of pork meat or anything else that you like. One of the best restaurants in Tokyo that serves this dish is Ichiran, in Shibuya station.